Greek Stew – Gigantes Plaki – A must have recipe

I was watching the Food Network last night when a cooking show called Donal in Ikaria. A young Irishman who goes around the world cooking and finding recipes. As the title suggests Donal was in Ikaria, a region in Greece which is known for it’s long lived citizens. One of the recipes that Donal was shown was a Greek stew called Giantes Plaki – A giant bean stew. You can find the original recipe HERE

I thought it looked amazing so I decided to give it a go tonight for dinner.

It. Is. Mouth-Watering! I will be making this all the time from now on.

I changed some of the ingredient but here is my version of this wonderful dish.

Ingredients

    • 1 onions, finely sliced
    • 1 cloves garlic, finely sliced
    • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
    • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 can, butter beans
    • 1 carrot, thinly sliced
    • 1 1/2 cup pumpkin, thinly sliced
    • Half Sweet potato, thinly sliced
    • 1 cup of cubed zucchini
    • 1 cup spinach, shredded
    • 1/2 cup kale, shredded
    • 23 ounces tomato sauce or Greek passata
    • Handful fresh oregano
    • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
    • 1¼ cups chicken stock

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 200˚C.

Add the onions and garlic to a bowl, pour in 4 tablespoons of the olive oil and season with the salt and pepper.Massage the onions until they begin to soften.

In the base of large  baking dish, arrange the butter beans. Arrange spinach, kale, and zucchini over beans then place the carrots, pumpkin, sweet potato on top, pour over the tomato sauce and spread out evenly.

Arrange the onion mixture across the top, and press the herbs roughly on top.

Pour over the stock and place in the oven on the middle shelf to cook for 40 minutes.

Serve warm from the oven with steamed rice.

Silk Road Memoir

I am sharing this post with permission from David Farland

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You may have heard about the Silk Road scandal in Time magazine, Wired magazine, or any of a hundred other places.

Curtis Green took a job working for a company called Silk Road, where (unknown to Curtis) his boss, nicknamed “Dread Pirate Roberts,” was trafficking drugs over the internet.

When the FBI and the DEA got wind of it, they set Curtis up in a sting operation, staging a drug bust using planted evidence.

When Curtis’s boss found out about it, he hired a hit man to cover his trail, but the FBI found out about it and staged Curtis’s assassination. The Dread Pirate Roberts got two life sentences for his crimes, but the story wasn’t over.

The FBI and DEA agents that were investigating the crimes decided to steal millions from Silk Road.  Now they’re also in prison.

Curtis wants to tell his story and clear his name. He needs your help!

Please watch the  Youtube Video Curtis has created all about his book ‘Silk Road – A Memoir.

The webpage to help is HERE

 

Dance of The Gods – Preview

Today I am releasing a preview of one of the stories in my Tales From The Scribe collection. It is from the story called – Dance From the Gods. I hope you enjoy.

Tales From The Scribe: A Collection

Meeting

Ryukan hurried through the forest, his breath coming faster. He needed to find the holy water before he made his way home. Tonight was an important night for him as Ryukan was making his debut and his mother would never forgive him if he failed to show up without the water gift. The hunter knew he was getting closer, the trees had mossy sections on their trunks, that only water could provide. The sunlight flittered through the canopy of leaves that made the ground seem like it was swirling. Taking a few steps forward, careful not to break any branches or disturb the holy place, he stopped, tilting his head to the side. Very faintly the sound of trickling water could be heard.

Ryukan lifted a tree branch gently and ducked under it, making his way to the sound. Glancing around this area of the forest he smelled the scent of water again, this time slightly stronger. The smell was sharp, with a clear tone that was invaded with the musty and deeply pervasive scent of earth. He took a deeper breath, something inside him loosening in contentment. He could stay here forever. The flap of a wing and the shadow flying towards him on the ground was his only warning of the swooping Magga Bird.

Ryukan swore and ducked, but not quick enough to avoid losing a few strands of hair. Slight pain lanced through his scalp, Ryukan looked at the slight smudge of blood on his hand from where he touched his head. It was no use shaking his fist at the Magga Bird, it only tilted it’s head and stared. The hunter knew it had been a sign from the Gods to get moving, he couldn’t stay here forever. It would be dark soon and he needed to be back for the Great Festival.

Giving the Magga Bird a nod of gratitude, he changed direction and followed his nose and as the trees thinned out he could make out the sound and then shine of the river he sought. Ryukan pushed through the foliage and stopped as he came across a vision he had never seen before, one that could get him into a lot more trouble than just being late.

If you would like to find out what Ryukan sees, then you can get the collection at these places.

Smashwords

Amazon (Kindle & Paperback)

Kobo

Book Depository

Guest Post – Gillian Polack – Truth and Lies

I am hosting Gillian Polack on my blog in the lead up to her new book ‘The Wizardry of  Jewish Women’  Please give her a warm welcome *clap clap clap clap*

 

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Truth and lies

Readers have been playing guessing games with my novels for a while. I began by inventing everything. Right from the beginning, the readers of Illuminations assumed that the novel was about me and that events were real. Except they weren’t. The whole novel was invented.

Alas for humanity, for I’m an unredeemed stirrer. The moment I realised that most readers think that I write about reality, I started sneaking bits in. With Ms Cellophane and with The Art of Effective Dreaming, there are real incidents. Sometimes they’re things I experienced and sometimes they’re borrowed from friends. I challenged readers to guess which bits of the novel they were. No-one has so far got it right unless they were part of the event, in which case they laugh at me and say “I was there.”

My personal favourite error was when someone said “I know what’s real. The incident at the Murrumbidgee. That’s real.” This would be the moment when one of my characters swam naked in the Murrumbidgee (a local river) and was arrested. Me, I’m very self-conscious and seldom wear anything that could be called revealing even with a very stretchy imagination, so even paddling naked is unlikely. Swimming at all is impossible, for I can’t. So that’s an invention, complete and wholly fake.

Since it’s such a fun thing to do (at least for as long as it takes for readers to work out what’s what) I’ve done it again in my new novel, The Wizardry of Jewish Women.

In the interest of fair play, I’ll give you a head start. Two episodes, two hints.

There is a particularly splendid garden in the novel. One to make poets weep and artists dream. This garden is based on a friend’s. She is an amazing gardener and her garden in Canberra was the inspiration for Belinda’s garden in Canberra. I can’t tell you which of the various aspects of its story are real (for that would spoil things), but one most certainly is. This one is possible to deduce from the events, however. And that’s your hint.

The incident where Rhonda goes to Parliament House actually happened. It was an amalgam of three different events from my mad past. The senior politician who sat on the stone table was based Carmen Lawrence sitting on that same cold table. I can’t say who the other politicians were, because they’re amalgams of several who I met very briefly on different occasions. Some of that sequence actually happened, therefore and some most definitely did not.

None of the characters in my novel are real. I took the stone table incident from that occasion with Lawrence (where I was wearing a top that had holes in – ask me what really happened sometime) but I didn’t even try to give her personality to the politician in the novel.

This novel may have events inspired by real life incidents, but the people are all invented. This is how I manage to make events that look real and yet have them fit in the story. The Wizardry of Jewish Women has more borrowed events than most, but every single one of them has been reshaped to fit the characters in the story. No matter how much truth there is in them, they’re all lies.

Gillian will be launching ‘The Wizardry of Jewish Women’ at Readings, Hawthorn on the 5th of September at 6:30pm. We would love to see you there! If you can’t make it but would have liked to get a personally signed copy then please email Tarran on obiwankenobi31[at] hotmail {dot} com or you can pre-order a copy from Satalyte Publishing here

Book Launch – Gillian Polack – The Wizardry of Jewish Women

The fantastic Gillian Polack is releasing her new book ‘The Wizardry of Jewish Women’ at Readings, Hawthorn on the 5th of September at 6:30pm. A delightful, poignant novel that details the lives of Jewish women in Canberra. Mystical, memorial, and cheeky – come and experience the launch of one the next talked about spec-fiction books to be released this year. There may even be pink tutu’s involved.

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Tales From The Scribe Goodreads Giveaway

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Tales From The Scribe by Tarran Jones

Tales From The Scribe

by Tarran Jones

Giveaway ends September 15, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Tales From The Scribe is now LIVE

That is right.

You can now read my collection ‘Tales From The Scribe’ It is officially live on Amazon with the Kindle and print version.

Book Depository available HERE

Kindle available HERE

Amazon Paperback available HERE

Kobo available HERE

Smashwords available HERE

Tales From The Scribe: A Collection

Tales From The Scribe: A Collection

Time twisting, dystopian, and epic fantasy stories

Tale of Cerdiwen
Cerdiwen of Llyr was thrown into another time. Suddenly faced with the real people and situations she was just reading about, will Cerdiwen be able to do as Taliesin instructed? Can she save her mother?

Life After Death
What really happens to us after we die? A question asked by many over the years. Gillian goes on a dark journey to discover her own life and death.

Dance of the Gods
Looking a noble in the eyes is punishable by death. This is what Ryukan faces when he comes across a noblewoman who is lost in the woods. Can the Dance of the Gods change Ryukan’s fate?

Icons of Power
Australia is in ruins.
Light and Dark are fighting for control of the Icons of Power. Whomever has then, can change the world. The race is on to gain control of the last Icon.

It has started to get some great reviews already!

Jul 15, 2016 Kayla rated it liked it 3 Stars

Tales from the Scribe consists of a collection of four short stories by Adelaide writer, Tarran Jones, and joined by a mystical theme. Each short story is broken into chapters, making it easy to read in small bursts, or as a whole. The e-book version which I read was beautifully typeset and visually appealing throughout.
The first story is Journey of Cerdiwen and centres around a Druid girl, Cerdiwen who time travels during a ceremony to change the course of history. The goddess, Epona, guides
her hand, leading her through time to her mother (from whom she was stolen) in time to prevent a war.
The second, Life and Death, is perhaps the one I engaged with most. It follows Gillian, a woman who commits suicide, through her journey into the afterlife. It speculates about reincarnation, and the beginning and end of life being centred on blood and pain.
Read the whole review HERE

Kathryn White reviews it on her site

Tales From the Scribe by Adelaide author Tarran Jones moves at a fast, though strangely dreamlike pace where the imagery and setting can change in an instant–and it works.

Read more HERE

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